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<h1>URI Filters</h1>

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  This is a quick and dirty document to get you on your way to writing
  custom URI filters for your own URL filtering needs.  Why would you
  want to write a URI filter?  If you need URIs your users put into
  HTML to magically change into a different URI, this is
  exactly what you need!

<h2>Creating the class</h2>

  Any URI filter you make will be a subclass of <code>HTMLPurifier_URIFilter</code>.
  The scaffolding is thus:

<pre>class HTMLPurifier_URIFilter_<strong>NameOfFilter</strong> extends HTMLPurifier_URIFilter
    var $name = '<strong>NameOfFilter</strong>';
    function prepare($config) {}
    function filter(&$uri, $config, &$context) {}

  Fill in the variable <code>$name</code> with the name of your filter, and
  take a look at the two methods. <code>prepare()</code> is an initialization
  method that is called only once, before any filtering has been done of the
  HTML. Use it to perform any costly setup work that only needs to be done
  once. <code>filter()</code> is the guts and innards of our filter:
  it takes the URI and does whatever needs to be done to it.

  If you've worked with HTML Purifier, you'll recognize the <code>$config</code>
  and <code>$context</code> parameters.  On the other hand, <code>$uri</code>
  is something unique to this section of the application: it's a
  <code>HTMLPurifier_URI</code> object. The interface is thus:

<pre>class HTMLPurifier_URI
    var $scheme, $userinfo, $host, $port, $path, $query, $fragment;
    function HTMLPurifier_URI($scheme, $userinfo, $host, $port, $path, $query, $fragment);
    function toString();
    function copy();
    function getSchemeObj($config, &$context);
    function validate($config, &$context);

  The first three methods are fairly self-explanatory: you have a constructor,
  a serializer, and a cloner.  Generally, you won't be using them when
  you are manipulating the URI objects themselves.
  <code>getSchemeObj()</code> is a special purpose method that returns
  a <code>HTMLPurifier_URIScheme</code> object corresponding to the specific
  URI at hand. <code>validate()</code> performs general-purpose validation
  on the internal components of a URI. Once again, you don't need to
  worry about these: they've already been handled for you.

<h2>URI format</h2>

  As a URIFilter, we're interested in the member variables of the URI object.

<table class="quick"><tbody>
  <tr><th>Scheme</th>   <td>The protocol for identifying (and possibly locating) a resource (http, ftp, https)</td></tr>
  <tr><th>Userinfo</th> <td>User information such as a username (bob)</td></tr>
  <tr><th>Host</th>     <td>Domain name or IP address of the server (example.com,</td></tr>
  <tr><th>Port</th>     <td>Network port number for the server (80, 12345)</td></tr>
  <tr><th>Path</th>     <td>Data that identifies the resource, possibly hierarchical (/path/to, hide@address.com)</td></tr>
  <tr><th>Query</th>    <td>String of information to be interpreted by the resource (?q=search-term)</td></tr>
  <tr><th>Fragment</th> <td>Additional information for the resource after retrieval (#bookmark)</td></tr>

  Because the URI is presented to us in this form, and not 
  <code>http://hide@address.com:8080/foo.php?q=string#hash</code>, it saves us
  a lot of trouble in having to parse the URI every time we want to filter
  it. For the record, the above URI has the following components:

<table class="quick"><tbody>
  <tr><th>Scheme</th>   <td>http</td></tr>
  <tr><th>Userinfo</th> <td>bob</td></tr>
  <tr><th>Host</th>     <td>example.com</td></tr>
  <tr><th>Port</th>     <td>8080</td></tr>
  <tr><th>Path</th>     <td>/foo.php</td></tr>
  <tr><th>Query</th>    <td>q=string</td></tr>
  <tr><th>Fragment</th> <td>hash</td></tr>

  Note that there is no question mark or octothorpe in the query or
  fragment: these get removed during parsing.

  With this information, you can get straight to implementing your
  <code>filter()</code> method. But one more thing...

<h2>Return value: Boolean, not URI</h2>

  You may have noticed that the URI is being passed in by reference.
  This means that whatever changes you make to it, those changes will
  be reflected in the URI object the callee had.  <strong>Do not
  return the URI object: it is unnecessary and will cause bugs.</strong>
  Instead, return a boolean value, true if the filtering was successful,
  or false if the URI is beyond repair and needs to be axed.

  Let's suppose I wanted to write a filter that de-internationalized domain
  names by converting them to <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punycode">Punycode</a>.
  Assuming that <code>punycode_encode($input)</code> converts <code>$input</code> to
  Punycode and returns <code>false</code> on failure:

<pre>class HTMLPurifier_URIFilter_ConvertIDNToPunycode extends HTMLPurifier_URIFilter
    var $name = 'ConvertIDNToPunycode';
    function filter(&$uri, $config, &$context) {
        if (is_null($uri->host)) return true;
        if ($uri->host == utf8_decode($uri->host)) {
            // is ASCII, abort
            return true;
        $host = punycode_encode($uri->host);
        if ($host === false) return false;
        $uri->host = $host;
        return true;

  Notice I did not <code>return $uri;</code>.

<h2>Activating your filter</h2>

  Having a filter is all well and good, but you need to tell HTML Purifier
  to use it. Fortunately, this part's simple:

<pre>$uri =& $config->getDefinition('URI');
$uri->addFilter(new HTMLPurifier_URIFilter_<strong>NameOfFilter</strong>());</pre>

  If you want to be really fancy, you can define a configuration directive
  for your filter and have HTML Purifier automatically manage whether or
  not your filter gets loaded or not (this is how internal filters manage

    'URI', '<strong>NameOfFilter</strong>', false, 'bool',
    '<strong>What your filter does.</strong>'
$uri =& $config->getDefinition('URI', true);
$uri->registerFilter(new HTMLPurifier_URIFilter_<strong>NameOfFilter</strong>());

  Now, your filter will only be called when %URI.<strong>NameOfFilter</strong>
  is set to true.


  Check the
  <a href="http://htmlpurifier.org/svnroot/htmlpurifier/trunk/library/HTMLPurifier/URIFilter/">URIFilter</a>
  directory for more implementation examples, and see <a href="http://htmlpurifier.org/svnroot/htmlpurifier/trunk/docs/proposal-new-directives.txt">the
  new directives proposal document</a> for ideas on what could be implemented
  as a filter.

<div id="version">$Id: enduser-uri-filter.html,v 1.1 2007/08/19 00:42:30 ravids Exp $</div>

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